President Bush is promoting alternative technologies like hybrid cars as he follows up on claimis to free the US from foreign oil dependence. He visited Johnson Controls, which is researching lithium ion batteries for cars. The Times reports:
"You've got your car, you pull in, you plug it right into the wall," Mr. Bush said, adding that he anticipated a day when cars with lithium ion batteries could go 40 miles on electricity alone. Current hybrid cars use the gasoline engine to charge the onboard battery.
He also visited th National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, which had just laid off 32 employees because of budget cuts. Somehow $5 million was found to restore those jobs just before Bush visited the lab.
The programs at the energy laboratory, [Emergy Sec.] Bodman said in a statement, "are critically important to realizing the president's vision to diversify and strengthen our nation's energy mix."
Unfortunately, that's not the only place where budget decisions don't align with alternative energy talk.